Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Drink Too Much Coffee and Think of You Often

I can’t even deal with how glorious the weather has been this summer. It feels almost daft posting these pictures now with my pasty skin as now I feel like a golden goddess but sod it- I love the outfit!

how to wear a white maxi dress

It’s also pretty mega for those days when you just want to cover up a bit because maybe you’re sunburnt or you’re just sick of having to worry about whether your ass is on show (or is that just me?)

how to wear a white maxi dress

This maxi is actually from the tall section of Boohoo- something I didn’t realise until it turned up in the post. I toyed with sending it back but after looking up alternatives, I realised this was an absolute steal for the price and went about taking it up. Some wonderweb and a few stitches later, I have a floaty white maxi of dreams for this English summer weather.

how to wear a white maxi dress

how to wear a white maxi dress

I’ve been reminiscing a lot recently and thinking of the decisions I’ve made over the past few years. I’m starting to question everything and wonder: did I make the right choice? Am I being too safe in life? I’m having cravings for excitement and exploring something new which is probably due to visiting some totally gorgeous places such as The Lake District and north Devon in the past few months. Have any of you ever relocated and was it a massive ballache? It’s something my husband has wanted to do for the longest time and although America is his goal, he’d settle for a different part of the UK. 

how to wear a white maxi dress

The problem with me is I’m a worrier. I worry about everything to the point that my worries disturb my sleep on a regular basis but I can’t help thinking of The Lake District and a life up here; romanticising about taking stunning photographs of the landscape, dog walks and hearty roast dinners on a Sunday. 

how to wear a white maxi dress

The reality is my life is currently here and unless the stars align and both Chris and I find our dream jobs up north we’re kinda stuck here. Maybe I’m just suffering with post-holibob blues or maybe this is a sign I need to be brave and take control of my destiny. What do you think? 

how to wear a white maxi dress

Do you ever feel like this? Does it pass like some kind of phase or is it a thing? 

how to wear a white maxi dress
Dress- Boohoo
Boots- New Look
Belt- Boohoo
Hat- eBay

These photos were taken by my very talented photographer friend who is also my festival fairy godmother Sian’s Photography- that girl can party!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Pressure to Produce | Is Social Media Making Me Ill?

Social Media, blogging, recording, streaming, content content content...!

Joanie Margot Everyday Brunch Tee

 I don't know if I'm the only person who puts themself under immense pressure to be in the game and on the ball with their social media outputs but after a beautiful relaxing weeks holiday, I cried...

Joanie Margot Everyday Brunch Tee

Sunday night- the cusp of a new week. I felt happy, relaxed and rested after a weeks holiday. Everything in the house was up to date- a full fridge, an empty washing basket and the ironing all done. I felt GOOD! My next thought was I've got some time, lets create content!

Joanie Margot Everyday Brunch Tee

I love producing content and being creative and I thought I'd try something new but after two hours of faffing on one task, getting nowhere and feeling like a downright failure, I burst into tears.

Joanie Margot Everyday Brunch Tee

This isn't the first time I've cried over social media this year and it seems to be a reoccurring trend. Every few months I get this wave of overwhelming pressure wash over me and everything gets a bit much. To make things worse I then focus on all the things I haven't done like not putting out a blog post in over a week, my scheduled tweets running out and my whatsapp messages through the roof... I end up melting into a sorry mess and feeling like a failure. 

Joanie Margot Everyday Brunch Tee

Luckily for me I have a husband and fellow blogger friends who are always there to listen and pick me back up. (Yes that's you Laura, Pippa and Chris.) The hubster likes to point out that nothing will happen if I don't post. It's not work, I don't get paid (generally) to post so why do I put so much pressure on myself? It's a bloody good question and one that I don't have an answer for in truth. My friends will tell me to take a stop back, chill and come back to it when I'm ready and in a better place. But what do I get myself in such a state in the first place?

Joanie Margot Everyday Brunch Tee

 Is social media to blame? And is it contributing to our stress levels and pressure to produce, consume and be switched on 24/7? I honestly don't know but its how it can make me eel when it all gets too much. I's like a to do list that is never ending and I find I can never fully switch off from it.

Joanie Margot Everyday Brunch Tee

If I'm totally honest with myself I have fallen out of love a  bit with blogging compared to how I used to feel. I have lost the drive, motivation and energy for it and I think its my own fault because of the pressure I put on myself. When and why did I start putting such ridiculous pressure upon myself when this is just a hobby after all?

Joanie Margot Everyday Brunch Tee

I then sometime toy with the idea of jacking it in altogether but then I wonder what I'd do with my tie. Would I have fomo? Blogging has brought me so many wonderful opportunities over the years as well as amazing friendships which wouldn't be if it weren't for this hobby.

Joanie Margot Everyday Brunch Tee

Denim Jacket- Primark (old)
Cropped Trousers- New Look
Slogan Tee- Joanie
Trainers- Converse

Photography by Sians Photography

My biggest fear of all (which I'm aware is going to sound insane) is if I don't blog... what defies me as a person? And even worse- I worry that my friends and family will find me boring!

Blogging has been "my thing" for such a long time. I feel I'd be lost without it. maye quitting isn't the ticket but learning to somehow release myself from my own grips of pressure? Anyway these are all just my ramblings, thoughts and feelings on the situation but I'd love to know if anyone else ever feels like this and what you do/have done to overcome it.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

My Summer Wedding Style

Oh hey there blog. I remember you from somewhere...

As you may or may not have noticed I had a little break through the month of June and if I'm honest, I  needed it.  I'd burnt myself out massively and got a tummy bug too so the enthusiasm to post just wasn't there!

In the meantime if you've been following me over on Instagram, you'll know I've been posting this outfit to death.

Summer wedding style

Chris and I have seven weddings to attend this year...SEVEN! And that's after having to turn down two (!!) but because of said wonderful weddings, it's the perfect occasion to treat yourself to a new get up.

V by Very Embroidered Maxi Dress

Dress- Very
Heels- Silk Fred

I've worn this ensemble on two separate occasions and every time I get compliments on my dress. I'd love to say I came across this beauty all by myself but alas, I did not. Instead, the fabulous Charlotte Jacklin from Betty Magazine alerted me to it through Instagram stories and I fell in love.  

summer wedding style

I can't say I'd shopped at Very vefore and setting up an accout means you get a credit limit (something I'm not keen on as I like to pay for everything up front but their delivery times were spot on and the dress' quality was even better than I'd anticipated. The great thing about this dress is the fact that its flowy and you feel elegant and sophisticated without having to wear something tight fitting. It also means you can have a generous serving of wedding cake and have no worry about your food baby showing. Its equally not too loose so you aren't under threat of drowning in fabric either. The top half is beautifully fitted; particularly around the bosoms with quit a deep v. if you're not a cleavage fan, this dress may not be for you as those puppies are OUT!  

V by Very Embroidered Maxi Dress

As the dress does all the talking, I decided to keep accessories to a minimum and pair it with some burgundy heels and a mustard bag- picking up on the accent colours within the embroidery. Another thing to note is that heels are a must with this dress because of the length. Originally I planned to wear it with flats until I tried it on but admittedly heels do a fab job of elongating you as does the embroidery going down the length of the dress. 

His & Hers Summer Wedding Style

Suit- ASOS
Shirt- H&M
Tie- Next

So onto Chris... A good wedding outit is never complete unless you have a dapper looking date am I right? His suit came from ASOS- a place I'd highly recommend all men get their suits from They're well made and a fraction the price compared with designer brands.

I've taken to calling it his custard cream suit and the fabric is fabulously soft and light- perfect for a summer wedding. If you lie the tailored trousers, that was an alteration job as Chris prefers his suit trouser tapperd and slightly cropped for a tanned summer ankle on show. A good tailor can do this for between £20-£30 and will ensure your suit is slick and on point all season long.

Men's Summer Wedding Style

So that's our summer wedding style sussed! We have three weddings on the trot in August so this combo will definitely get another wear or two or three before the summer is out.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Mini Spring Summer Haul

Its been a little while since I posted a video so I thought why not do a nano haul? I've only picked up a few bits of late but they are things I truly adore and have definitely lifted my spring summer wardrobe for 2018. Why not grab a cuppa and watch this video whilst you have a few minutes?

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